WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Lowell man has been sentenced to up to 18 years in prison for fatally stabbing two women during a dispute over $80 worth of cocaine.

Edwin Nunez was sentenced in Middlesex Superior Court after he was found guilty of two counts of manslaughter in the July 2010 killings of 47-year-old Deborah Souza and 30-year-old Keyla Betancourt, both of Lowell.

Prosecutors say Nunez went to the women's apartment during the dispute and repeatedly stabbed them.

Nunez was also stabbed and sought treatment at the hospital while leaving the victims to die.

The Sun (http://bit.ly/13YCn1n ) reports that Nunez's sentence exceeded guidelines with the judge citing the "brutality" of the deaths.

Nunez's lawyer asked for a lighter sentence, saying his client has changed in the four years he's spent jailed awaiting trial.


Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com